Future MacPro, Part II

Design exploration what a future MacPro might look like. Part II


Some of you have seen my Modular Mac Pro design Concept post.
Now, let's take a look how power-efficient CPU's will change design of a MacPro.

There's been a lot of talk of Apple ditching Intel for ARM.
I think Apple will switch, and many others will follow.


ARM Advantages:


  • optimized for performance/watt
  • power-efficient
  • cooler
  • fully scalable
  • smaller
  • cheaper
  • custom CPU design


What does it mean?


  • significantly smaller enclosure
  • increase computing power by adding more CPUs
  • increase & tweak important performance (custom Chip design)
  • cheaper CPUs - higher profit
  • smaller, lighter, quieter, cooler (less heat), "Greener" (Environment)



Size comparison with current MacPro
W x D x H - 230mm x 280mm x 220mm

Aluminum enclosure with removable side panel
3/4 View Perspective

Front View
Slide up/down front door to access USB3 & Thunderbolt ports


Back View
USB3, Thunderbolt, Ethernet, Optical In & Out, Mic, Speaker, Power ports + 3 PCI slots

Folding Snap & Lock Handle

Additional disk storage - external Thunderbolt enclosures
Removable side panel & Slide out Tray
4 HDD, 6 RAM slots, 3 PCI slots

Version 1a

Custom Apple designed ARM CPU  A10


2 CPUs on a Daughterboard Card.
Each Processor has 4 cores for a total 8 cores per Card.
4 Cards for a maximum of 8 CPUs (32 Cores).

CPU Daughterboard Card
2 Processors on Card 4 Cores each. Total of 8 Cores per Card

Heat Sink Cross Section
Up to 4 Cards - total of 8 CPUs (32 Cores)


MacPro ARM CPU Workstation with Tray Out
Total of 8 CPUs (32 Cores) + 6 Memory Slots

Version 1b

How about Intel Inside?


Maybe Intel can come up with super efficient Haswell Xeon CPU
2 Xenon CPUs can fit in the Heat Sink

It's impossible to ignore Intel. They are working on energy efficient CPUs.

Is it possible to put Haswell or Broadwell Xeons in such a small enclosure?
Liquid cooling, maybe.
Intel will do their best to keep Apple happy.


Version 2

Custom Apple designed ARM CPU  A10


Combined CPU & RAM Module. 
CPU Daughterboard Card comes with 2 CPUs and integrated 16GB RAM.
6 Cards for a maximum of 12 CPUs (48 Cores) and 96GB RAM



Second Version of CPU Daughterboard Card
2 CPUs on Card (4 Cores each) with 16GB embedded RAM. Total of 8 Cores per Card


MacPro Workstation with 6 Daughterboard Card Slots
Total of 12 CPUs (48 Cores) + 96 GB RAM

Alternative aluminium enclosure


Darker aluminum enclosure
Anodized Aluminium Color (same as iPhone 5)

MacPro Cube


If Apple creates custom GPU (shorter, less heat), enclosure
dimensions could shrink even more. 

MacPro Cube with a footprint of a Mac Mini.  200mm x 200mm x 200mm Cube.
This will be ideal "Made in USA" Apple Computer.


Apple Mac Pro Cube
Apple Mac Pro Cube
with custom (smaller) GPU, 200mm Cube

Competition


I'm sure there are dozen other companies interested in creating their own ARM based PCs.
Just to name few:
  • Microsoft - Windows 8 
  • Amazon - Linux 
  • NVIDIA - Linux 
  • AMD - Linux / Windows 8 
  • Google - Chrome OS (Linux) if they are serious about Chrome OS 
  • Samsung - Linux / Windows 8 / desktop Tizen OS???
  • Oracle / Sun - Solaris
  • Intel - Linux / Windows, certainly not using ARM CPUs 
+ all the other PC makers: Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, etc.



other companies interested in creating their own ARM based PCs, competition



This is my vision of the next MacPro. Tell me what you think.

Next project: iPhone 6 & cheap iPhone.
You can follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/PeterZ3

Peter Zigich






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High end workstation running on ARM processors???



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It's not very difficult to imagine PCs running on ARM processors in a near future.

Every major OS supports ARM Processors today:
Microsoft Windows 8
Apple iOS (OS X)
Linux
Google Chrome


How about high end workstations?

This is probably few years away, but it's still fun to imagine what workstation would look like.


More to come…..


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I've been using Belt Clips for years.

I was looking for a Belt Clip for iPhone 5 with specific requirements:

  • well engineered product
  • minimalistic design
  • functional & elegant
  • good safety features
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After a long search, very disappointed results.
None of the existing products fit my criteria.

It shouldn't be difficult to make something much better.


This is what I want!
Hope you like it.

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60mm Consumer CPU, HDD, Top & Bottom Sections

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200mm Pro CPU section

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Modular MacPro design Concept

New design for a MacPro.

It is radical departure from current workstations.
It could be a MacPro for the next 10 years.

Key Design features:


1. Modular Design


Like a Lego Blocks. Computer built from different interlocking sections, highly customizable.
Sections seamlessly connect, and share power & data (Thunderbolt).
Different sections: CPU, Optical, Power Supply, PCI, HDD etc.

One user needs are very different from others, so should be a MacPro.







2. Pro & Consumer CPU Options


Pro:
Server class dual CPUs (Xenon E5), 8 DIMM ECC memory slots.

Consumer:
Consumer CPU i3, i5, i7, 4 DIMM slots.



3. Entering new markets


Various configurations:
  • Small home/ iTunes Server - Competes with NAS makers (QNAP, Synology)
  • Pro Servers (again)
  • Consumers Workstations (Headless iMac)
  • Base Consumer (little better than Mac Mini)
  • Pro Workstations







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